10 Wordpress Plugins I Can't Live Without - What's Yours?

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I've been using the Wordpress platform since the earliest day of my Internet Marketing journey.

For me it's simply the best option in terms of cost, ease of use and customization.

In fact, I made my first $ using Wordpress for an Amazon affiliate review site.

I am still using it 'til today and my Wordpress sites are constantly giving me pretty decent daily income.

With that being said, I'd like to share my 10 Wordpress plugins that I simply can't live without.

I install them on all sites religiously and they never fails me and I want to share them with you.

Here they are:

1. All-in-One SEO Pack I generate most of my traffic via SEO and this is the plugin that helps me optimize my site for Search Engines. Simple, straightforward and easy to use.

2. Google XML Sitemap Just install once and it will generate a sitemap for you which is very important for SEO. It will automatically update the sitemap as you generate content. This is a plugin that you install once and you'll never have to fuss again with it.

3. Contact Form 7 Easily generate a contact form for your site. Install, add your email address, copy the code to a page and you're done.

4. Pretty Link Lite Helps you hide the ugly affiliate link and track it as well. The free version works for me and I don't purchase the full version.

5. PubSubHubbub Help you pings to major site to notify that your blog has been updated.

6. Quick Cache Speed up your site's performance by generating a static HTML file for your .php files. Although sound complicated, it really isn't. You just have to install once and let the plugins do the work for you. I used to use the WP Cache Plugin but switched to Quick Cache because it's much more efficient in memory.

7. Google Analytics for Wordpress Integrates your Google analytics and your Wordpress site. You don't have to manually insert codes to page that you want to analyze. Simply follow the simple integration setup there and you're done.

8. Revision Control I usually just use one author per blog and so I have no need to keep track of revision. I turn off revision to save some processing memory on my Wordpress site using this plugin.

9. Twitter Facebook Social Share Social media engagement is very important and this plugin makes it easy to share your site on the popular social media platform. Simply install and it will be inserted on each and every post so when people love your post, they can share it with their Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest friends. Oh, and unlike other plugins, it's very light in memory use.

10. AuthorSure The easy way to integrate your Wordpress blog with the new Google+ Author. If you see a site on Google search result with a photo beside it, the author is likely to be using this plugin. A great way to boost up your authority in Google.

All of the above plugins are free. However, I do use some paid plugins as well. Here's the list:

11. WP Twin This is my all time favorite paid WP plugin. I use it to backup and "clone" my Wordpress site. I simply install all plugins, themes, necessary pages (contact, disclaimer, etc.) on every site and then I use this plugin to create a clone and copy it to setup multiple sites. Very easy to use, very quick as well. Absolutely well worth the price.

12. MyReviewPlugin I don't use this on every site, just on my Amazon affiliate review site. What it does is that it generates a star rating system which will make your review site more appealing and professional to your readers. It has other cool features such as product comparison, rankings, etc. Note: it might be quite technically hard to use for beginners but they have a very solid support system.

13. Easy WP SEO This is the plugin I use to check my On Page SEO optimization. I used to use SEOPressor but then switched to this one. My reason being that Google always update their algorithm when it comes to SEO and with SEOPressor you can't play around with how the rankings are scored. You can with Easy WP SEO.

14. WP Subscribers This is my favorite lead generation plugins. It will seamlessly integrate your opt-in box in several different places (pop up box, lightbox, exit popup, under the post, etc.). It also has a very cool social media integration as well.

15. Social Metrics Pro If you want to know how your site is doing in the social media realms, this is the plugin to install. I don't use this on all sites, just on sites that I am heavily promoting with social media because it can be quite heavy in terms of memory use.

With plugins, you want to be careful not to use too many of them since it can slow down your site performance. My rule of thumb is to use no more than 15 plugins on one site.

Hope you enjoy this share and let me know what your favorite Wordpress plugins are!
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  • Profile picture of the author Greg71
    Tinymce advanced is the first one I install. Stops wp stripping <br> and <p> tags.

    Ever tried Wordpress SEO by Yoast? I used to use All-in-one until I found it. Check it out.
    • Profile picture of the author nasuryono
      Hey Greg,

      I don't need WP to strip my <br> and <p> tags.

      The Wordpress SEO by Yoast looks cool. Will definitely check it out! Thanks!
    • Profile picture of the author nhynes57
      [QUOTE=Greg71;6943629]Tinymce advanced is the first one I install. Stops wp stripping <br> and <p> tags.

      Greg71
      Thanks for that, I hate it when wp strips <br> and <p> tags.
    • Profile picture of the author Nubitol
      How is it compared to Platinum SEO? I am using Platinum SEO for most of my sites, but recently Hostgator sent me an email warning me for excessive data usage from that plugin. It's amazing how one plugin installed in one website causing that much trouble...

      Originally Posted by Greg71 View Post

      Ever tried Wordpress SEO by Yoast? I used to use All-in-one until I found it. Check it out.
  • Profile picture of the author presotto
    Google Analytics dashboard
    Keyword statistics
    popup ninja
    seo auto linker
    seo friendly images
    404-to-start
    wordpress seo
    wp-copyprotect
    wp simple paypal shopping cart

    This is now my standard install on my wp sites.
    Keyword statistics works exceptionally well with wordpress seo by yoast.
    • Profile picture of the author TURBOfiliates
      I like CountToTen, which helps me count to ten without overshooting.

      EDIT: Although I just noticed your segmentation by free and paid, which makes sense
    • Profile picture of the author nasuryono
      I see another vote for Wordpress SEO by Yoast here...

      Thanks for sharing your lists!

      Originally Posted by presotto View Post

      Google Analytics dashboard
      Keyword statistics
      popup ninja
      seo auto linker
      seo friendly images
      404-to-start
      wordpress seo
      wp-copyprotect
      wp simple paypal shopping cart

      This is now my standard install on my wp sites.
      Keyword statistics works exceptionally well with wordpress seo by yoast.
  • Profile picture of the author nasuryono
    I used to use SEOPressor but then switched over to Easy WP SEO.

    Originally Posted by giftedwizard View Post

    seopressor is all time favorite
  • Profile picture of the author yonaswedo
    Too much plugin. LOL
  • Profile picture of the author locke815
    Yoast is definitely one of the most comprehensive plugins.
  • Profile picture of the author Perrymma
    Optimize press i cant live without
  • Profile picture of the author UMS
    I'd suggest using as few plugins as possible.

    My recommendation is to install P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler) to see if you have any WordPress Plugin hogs.
  • Profile picture of the author Rbtmarshall
    Wordpress SEO by Yoast
    WP Date Remover
    Google Privacy Policy
    • Profile picture of the author WillR
      Originally Posted by Rbtmarshall View Post

      WP Date Remover
      Things like removing the date from your blog posts are really something a plugin shouldn't do. It just add unnecessary load to your site. A much better way to do something like that would be to remove the date from the actual template source files.
  • Profile picture of the author michaelplies
    pretty much same ones I use. for my affiliate sites I also like affiliate link cloacker plugin.
    • Profile picture of the author nasuryono
      I used to use the Affiliate Link Cloaker plugin but then switched over to Pretty Link. It creates better link and track hits.

      Originally Posted by michaelplies View Post

      pretty much same ones I use. for my affiliate sites I also like affiliate link cloacker plugin.
  • Profile picture of the author clou
    All in one SEO,
    gravity forms,
    shortcode generator
    optinskin
    sociable
    ubermenu
    ckeditor
    widgets on pages
    and many more.
  • Profile picture of the author Sam D Hennis
    I quite like Push Button SEO. Helps when you are creating quick SEO friendly posts
  • Profile picture of the author Nexstair
    Tiny MCE And Contact Form 7 are the best i have ever used.
  • Profile picture of the author kbhatia92
    All in one SEO and Akismet are the basic ones I always install first.
  • Profile picture of the author hitman13
    Here is my list that I use on my sites:

    - All in One SEO Pack
    - BulletProof Security
    - Contact Us Form
    - Google XML Sitemaps
    - Sociable
    - StatPress

    From your list I think I will try Easy WP SEO and Quick Cache
  • Profile picture of the author Tony Humble
    Thank you for mentioning WP Twin in particular - I spend a lot of my time setting up Wordpress and installing plugins, and I'm definitely going to get it.
    • Profile picture of the author UMS
      Originally Posted by Tony Humble View Post

      Thank you for mentioning WP Twin in particular - I spend a lot of my time setting up Wordpress and installing plugins, and I'm definitely going to get it.
      Save some money and use Duplicator instead (it's free)
  • Profile picture of the author K Mec
    WP Total Cache / WP Super Cache is must now a days. It increases your google score dramatically.
    • Profile picture of the author Steve L
      Originally Posted by K Mec View Post

      WP Total Cache / WP Super Cache is must now a days. It increases your google score dramatically.
      Good call! I almost forgot about this one.

      To answer the OP's original question, other than the plugins you've already mentioned, I also like Yet Another Related Posts Plugin, WPtouch (just installed the free version last night), and Sharebar.
  • Profile picture of the author outNabout
    i started using SEO by yoast and i got to say if you are a newbie like me it can really help you learn how to write optimized posts. Contact form 7,Google analytic,sitemaps plugins are a must
    Thanks for the list will look for the others that have been listed above
  • Profile picture of the author Michael Ten
    I like WordPress › Admin Word Count Column « WordPress Plugins

    For writing it is great to let me know where I am at with articles!
  • Profile picture of the author Networking_now
    10 wordpress plugins,

    i will have to think, as i have too many lol
    • Profile picture of the author nasuryono
      LOL, I used to face the same situation too...

      But remember, having too many plugins can slow down your site and it's no good for SEO.

      Originally Posted by Networking_now View Post

      10 wordpress plugins,

      i will have to think, as i have too many lol
  • Profile picture of the author Mreese601@gmail.com
    Thanks for the list of plugins! I'm using most of them for my wordpress sites will have to ad the ones I'm not using.

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